An uncertain future faces the owners of the Chisholm Family Tavern despite a win for the community late on Tuesday.

Plans for a new McDonald’s store at the site have effectively been shut down after the ACT government decided not to sell a toilet block next door to allow the redevelopment.

The fast food giant’s plan for the new store had hinged on acquiring the accompanying block but was shutdown following strong feedback from the community.

Tavern partner, Jenny Hunt said it’s been overwhelming to see locals and politicians alike come together for the tiny tavern and she’s ‘loving it’.

“We’ve got a lot of community history and community support behind us which I was really pleased about so that’s been very heartening, telling us to stay a little longer and to fight for the Tavern.”

The Tavern still faces a number of questions about its future at the site, with the building owners yet to agree to any new lease for the Tavern, while the former Chinese restaurant next door also sits empty.

“The owners need to fill that with something now and let us stay, otherwise we’ve told them we could take it on as a function venue, but we’ve got to talk to them about that.”


“If we’re offered a lease, we will certainly take it.”

Negotiations with owners of the building are expected to take place over the coming weeks but Ms Hunt said they’re not giving up the fight.

While the owners also weighed up their future at the site, she said it’s clear the community knows what it wants.

“We’re of retiring age so I don’t know how much longer we’ll do this but we thoroughly enjoy it, we enjoy the people here, we enjoy the place, we enjoy the community support so we’ll stay for a little bit longer, well, maybe a lot longer.”